Category Archives: Upcoming Session

Common Session in Budapest, Autumn 2012

The next Common Session will take place in Budapest, Hungary on 29-31. October 2012.


Conference theme:

Common Session on Criminal Justice and Critical Criminology – Evergreen Questions of Criminology: Get Smart and/or Get Tough?


Conference address:

ELTE University, Faculty of Law

Budapest, 1-3 Egyetem tér

Room: ’Aula Magna’ (1st floor)


Deadline for registration and abstracts:

15 October, 2012


Call for papers

The conference theme is Evergreen Questions of Criminology: Get Smart and/or Get Tough? Our goal is to seek answer to the question what should be the aim of crime control policy and criminal justice in the early 21st century. Will we go into a more punitive direction or will we adapt more and more restorative methods? Of course, presentations are not limited to this topic; every paper on the field of critical criminology is warmly welcomed.

The proposal should contain the name(s) of the presenter(s), the name of the university they are from, the title and a short abstract of the presentation.


The registration has already opened!


Please keep in mind that the registration for the conference is only open for members of the member universities and invited guests. Unfortunately, registration is not possible for members of the public or non-affiliated Universities. If you are not part of an affiliated University but wish to attend future conferences you may wish to consider enrolling in a related degree programme or pursuing an Erasmus or Overseas exchange programme at one of the participating Universities. Registration for students of the respective Universities is handled locally by the staff representatives, so contact your own staff for specific details and requirements in the first instance.


Please address both the submissions of papers and registrations to Lena Podoletz (


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Klara Kerezsi ( or Lena Podoletz.


US Travel Restrictions – Visa Waiver Programme

Just a reminder for those attending the Common Session in NYC if you have not already done so previously (and do not hold a US Passport), you will need to apply for a visa waiver at least 72 hours BEFORE your flight.  The registration process takes about 10 minutes an requires a valid passport and a credit card (application fee is $14). (Thanks to Christian for highlighting this reminder)

See: for more information and the registration form

“International travelers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are now subject to enhanced security requirements and will be required to pay an administrative fee. All eligible travelers who wish to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization and then pay the fee using the following process”

Student Debate and Student Roundtable

The two debate topics/statements for the upcoming student debate in Hamburg have been posted in the discussion page here. The first question concerns social networking sites while the second question concerns dealing with surveillance.

Additionally, Susan Knickmeier has organised a student roundtable discussion, which will be separate to the student debate, on the topic of European border control and particularly the role of ‘Frontex’.  If you are interested to participate in that roundtable please contact Susan Knickmeier by 1 April with a brief abstract of your interest in the issue.  For more information please see the call for papers linked here.

Updated Information for the 25th Anniversary Common Session

Please take a moment to visit the upcoming Common Session page above.  New information has been posted.  If there is other helpful information or links please forward them to Matt or Yarin Eski at Erasmus for inclusion.  Keep an eye on this site as there will undoubtedly be more information posted later.

While preparing for the session please also consider jotting down some notes for the student meeting.  If you have any concerns, ideas, or proposals this is an ideal forum to raise them.  Change takes time but if the students are able to build a critical mass of support for particular ideas it will undoubtedly be recognized as such.  Also feel free to post on the forum page.  If you do not have the password and are a member of a participating University ask your local Staff Coordinator or post a reply where it says ‘Leave A Comment’ with an email address and I will respond.  Unless you request for it to be left active any posts with email addresses will not be made publicly accessible where spammers can find it.

Farewell Mike Presdee


As many of you may know by now University of Kent Criminologist Mike Presdee passed away on 10 July 2009 after a long battle with cancer.  Mike was an active contributor to the growing field of cultural criminology for which his unique take on the nexus of youth culture and its criminalisation was a natural fit.  With an intensity honed as a Royal Marine and youth educator Mike’s writing was as vivid as it was penetrating.  As we remember Mike as an active contributor and advocate of critical criminology in all of its manifestations we are reminded to not only look for the subterranean forms of resistance and carnival in the environments that surround us but to actively engage with the fete of modern life for that is where this work of ours comes alive.

For those wishing to send condolences please contact us privately for a contact address.  An obituary for Mike was published in the Guardian Newspaper.  N.b. A longer obituatry will be published in the coming months in the journal Crime, Media and Culture for which Mike was an active contributor both as an author and reviewer.

Upcoming Common Session

The next ‘Common Session’ is fast approaching.  The final programme will be available to the faculty contacts shortly if not already so please consult your own representitive for final word.  As we gear up for the next session please make note of any ideas, comments, concerns about the website that might be fed into further revisions.  Also, contributors, editors, and/or administrators are welcome and encouraged to join this page at any time.  If you are interested let me know and I can help you get up to speed–it is free to sign up by the way.   See you in the SUN!

‘Common Session’ Information Template

One of the key points to come out of the student meeting was a desire for local information about the ‘session’ and the site to be made available in ample time for students to plan their trips and expenses.  Developing a common template for each session was discussed as it would facilitate the smooth transition from one ‘session’ to the next.  So, as we begin the long process of developing a suitable website for the Programe we would like feedback on what information would be useful in planning your trip to each session.  (It is important to note that this information template is designed to consolidate info on the upcoming session and is separate from more general information about the programme (i.e. the forum, the history, and the archives)).  The following is an abridged version that was briefly discussed which is offered here to encourage conversation and comment.  Now it is your time to do your part and input your feedback. 

Here goes:

A Call for Papers – which mentions the ‘theme’ of the conference.

A Schedule of Events – to the extent that they are known in advance, at very least the dates of the conference.

Information on local accommodations and travel options – if possible a list of reasonably priced yet suitable accommodations in the local area.  In addition, if possible, links to recommended sites for local public transport and tips if known.

Conference contacts – Both the official faculty contact and a student contact if one is available and willing to serve in the capacity.

Miscellaneous – i.e. local entertainment options, local food options, ‘in case of emergency’ info, travel restrictions (visa requirements), maps of the local area, etc.

If you have anything to add here, remembering that the forum page and more generic information is best housed in a separate window or page, please feel free to comment.

Welcome! ¡Bienvenido! Benvingut! Welkom! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Bem-vindo! Καλώς ορίσατε! Benvenuto!

Welcome to the website for the Common Study Programme in Critical Criminology.  This website serves as a clearinghouse for information on the upcoming and past ‘Common Sessions’ as well as a forum for member of the participating Universities to share material, papers, or media of interest.